Nov 13

General Election Deadlines

Posted on November 13, 2022 at 8:52 PM by Robert Watson

While the 2022 General Election Day has passed, there are still two remaining deadlines.

Provisional Voting

If a voter who voted provisionally would like to present information pertaining to why their vote should count, they must do so by 4:30pm on Tuesday, November 15. To learn more about provisional voting read the Illinois State Board of Elections Provisional Voting pamphlet.

Vote by mail

The deadline to return a vote by mail ballot was November 8 (if in person or at a dropbox) or must have been postmarked by November 8 by the US Postal Service. Any vote by mail ballot that was postmarked by November 8, but is delivered on or before November 22 will be reviewed by our panel of Republican and Democratic election judges.

Appeal a vote by mail ballot rejection

If your vote by mail ballot was received by our office and you were mailed a letter stating that it was rejected, you can appeal the rejection in person until 4:30 pm on Thursday, Nov. 22.

Nov 05

Have confidence your vote is safe

Posted on November 5, 2022 at 9:58 PM by Robert Watson

In 2016, County Clerk Kathy Michael penned an Op-Ed and submitted it to The Pantagraph, the local newspaper where it ran. That Op-Ed was titled Have confidence your vote is safe.

This week, the same Op-Ed was posted online in FarmWeekNow and will be printed in their newspaper with permission from The Pantagraph. The FarmWeekNow newspaper is distributed to 72,000 Illinoisans.

Read Have confidence your vote is safe on

Nov 01

Online and Mail Vote by Mail Request Deadline is Nov. 3

Posted on November 1, 2022 at 10:27 PM by Robert Watson

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Thursday, November 3, 2022, is the last day that a voter can request a vote by mail ballot electronically or by mail. These vote by mail applications must be received before the close of business (4:30 pm).

Voters may still appear in-person at the election authority office to request a vote by mail ballot through the close of business (4:30pm) the day before the election (Nov. 7).

Oct 24

Early Voting Expanded To Include Weekends

Posted on October 24, 2022 at 6:30 PM by Robert Watson

Beginning Saturday, October 29, early voting at Eastland Mall will be extended to be open during the weekends. 

Early Voting at Eastland Mall is held in the former MC Sports store near Kohl's. Plentiful parking is available, including handicap-accessible spaces.

Early voting at the Government Center (downtown Bloomington) and ISU's campus (Watterson Towers and the Bone Student Center) will continue to operate Monday - Friday.

Early voting locations, addresses, and hours of operation are available on the Early Voting web page.

Oct 23

Vote by Mail Ballot Envelope Completion

Posted on October 23, 2022 at 8:49 PM by Robert Watson

The ballot envelope does have a number of fields. If you are mailing your ballot or delivering it yourself, and no one helped you complete the ballot, you only have to complete the signature and date fields.

Additional information is available on our website on the Vote by Mail page.

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Oct 23

Online Registration Deadline

Posted on October 23, 2022 at 8:35 PM by Robert Watson

Illinois law states that voter registrations submitted on paper cannot be accepted by mail after October 23. We’re now in a period called Grace Period Registration. During this period, if a person wants to register, they must do so at a specified location and they must vote immediately after registering. Registering voters must present two forms of ID.

Grace Period Registration is available at Early Voting sites and on Election Day.
If you submitted a paper registration dated on or before October 23, or you’re correcting an issue with your paper registration, we can still accept it. However, any person wishing to register after October 23 must do so in-person.

Registering on Election Day may result in longer wait lines. We suggest you try to register and vote early if you can
Oct 17

Early Voting at ISU Begins Today

Posted on October 17, 2022 at 7:57 AM by Robert Watson

Beginning this morning at 10:00 am early voting locations at ISU are open. McLean County Voters (except residents of the city of Bloomington) can vote early at two locations at Illinois State University.

Early voting locations are open at the Bone Student Center's Founder's Suite and in the Rosa Parks room in Watterson Towers. These locations will be open from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday through Friday until November 4.

If you are not registered to vote yet, you can register to vote and vote at either location. Illinois law requires that a voter who registers to vote at an early voting location must vote at the same time. Voters cannot register, leave, then come back to vote.

Early voting locations are also open at Eastland Mall (in the former MC Sports location by Kohl's) and at the Government Center. Full details are available on the Early Voting page of the McLean County website.

Oct 10

Election Information Session - Press Release

Posted on October 10, 2022 at 8:43 PM by Robert Watson

Assisting with Transparency of Election Information in These Challenging Times

Because election misinformation continues to be a concern in our Illinois counties, our state, and nationwide from all sides of the political spectrum, McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael will host an Election Information Display and Q & A this coming Saturday at Eastland Mall in Bloomington from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. (Next to Kohl's)  Co-hosting this event is Tazewell County Clerk, John Ackerman. We will have election equipment on display with election staff attending as well as Democratic and Republican veteran election judges participating and available for questions.

This event is this Saturday the 15th, 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm (promptly ending at 4pm) We will film this for future reference and we have other videos on our website as well. We also have a Q and A link for voter questions that we answer 24/7.  Location:  Eastland Mall, Bloomington (our early voting location) next to Kohl's. Plenty of free parking in front of Kohl’s or the southwest entrance (former Mc Sports space). Signs will be out.

Question forms will be passed out, collected and addressed, thus avoiding duplicate or unrelated questions. Additionally, we will have tables where attendees may go with other specific questions. For example:  In one area we will have election equipment set up where election staff will interact with media/public. We will also have an area with veteran Democratic and Republican election judges to address those question specific regarding election judges, and so on. 

Understanding how swamped you/we all are, we do feel this is important for transparency for the public and for our election processes here in Illinois. There is still too much false news going about and we want to assure the voters that they can get honest answers from their election officials. 


  • We must limit our audience to 40 due to space restrictions. Register to attend.
  • We will begin promptly at 2:00 pm and end the first Q & A session promptly at 3:00 pm.
  • Questions need to be submitted with forms provided. Submit your question online.
  • For questions that could not be addressed by 3:00 pm, we will publish the questions and provide detailed answers on our website within 48 hours.
  • Following the addressing of the submitted questions, guests are invited to visit the election tables to ask more specific questions regarding election equipment and the election process.
  • We will close this event promptly at 4:00 pm.
Oct 09

Local Election Officials Webinar

Posted on October 9, 2022 at 9:23 PM by Robert Watson

The Illinois State Board of Elections (SBE) will host the Local Election Officials Webinar on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 10:00 am. During the webinar, the SBE will share information that will be shared in the Local Election Officials Handbook. This webinar is important for anyone who will be facilitating election work for the February 2023 Primary Election and the April 2023 Consolidated General Election.

Topic will include:

  • Your role as an election official
  • Petition Filing Procedures
  • Objections
  • Ballot Certification

To join the webinar visit the Zoom link and enter the following information.

Meeting ID: 827 193 1443

Passcode: 768700

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Oct 06

National Voter Education Week - Become a Part of the Process

Posted on October 6, 2022 at 2:08 PM by Robert Watson

This week is National Voter Education Week. Friday's focus is on how you can engage further in the election process.

There are a number of ways that you can become more engaged in the election process beyond voting. The McLean County Clerk's office is always looking for good help to make elections run smoothly. Below are some roles that guide the efficient, safe, and secure election process.

  • Become an Election Judge
    • Election judges from varied political parties serve at early voting locations and in polling places on Election Day. Election judges provide direct support of voters in a voting location by registering them, helping them submit their ballots, and handling any issues that arise with their registration or voting process. Election judges must attend state-mandated training at least every two years to remain certified to work elections.
    • Election judges serve in many additional capacities for the McLean County Clerk's Election Team. Select Election Judges also serve on our vote by mail teams processing applications and ballots, retrieve ballots from drop boxes, assist with voter registrations and much more. While Election Judge applications are not open currently, we will begin accepting applications again starting Jan. 1, 2023.
  • Become a Technical Support Staff
    • Our techies provide technical support on Election Day. Techies attend special training annually to support the technical systems (iPads, printers, ballot boxes, and electronic voting systems) in the polling places. They are the first tier of support for any technical issues that occur in a polling place.
  • Become a Pollwatcher
    • Pollwatchers provide oversight of the election process on behalf of an organization, a political party, or a candidate. Though the pollwatcher position is often unpaid, they serve as an integral part of the election process by observing election processes in polling places. Pollwatchers must register with the County Clerk's office prior to the election. They have the unique ability to review election procedures, request to inspect ballot boxes, and much more. Learn more on the Pollwatchers page of our website.

If you're interested in becoming more involved in the election process, you're encouraged to submit the Ask the Election Team a Question form, call us at 309-888-4035, or email